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- Posted on Jul 29th 2009 4:00PM by Benjy Eisen
That's one way of saying it. Ounsworth landed none other than a grandfather of N'awlins funk, George Porter, Jr. of the Meters on bass, the city's current drummer-in-residence Stanton Moore of Galactic and organist about town, Robert Walter of the Greyboy Allstars. All three musicians are virtually tourist attractions in New Orleans; when they're not on tour with their various bands, they play out in local venues regularly, sometimes even two or three times a night, in a number of side-projects, combos and one-offs.
In fact, that's how Ounsworth discovered Moore. He was familiar with Moore's work in Galactic but not enough to recognize him by face. After being impressed by what he thought was just some drummer playing in a jazz combo at a local haunt, Ounsworth mentioned him to Berlin as a candidate. "I was like, 'Man, this drummer is great!" remembers Ounsworth. "He plays actually a lot like a friend of mine whose drumming I really admire in Elvis Perkins In Dearland, Nick Kinsey." Berlin agreed on the choice, and then pointed out that the unknown drummer in question was none other than "Stanton Moore of Galactic fame."
And yet, Ounsworth says, the musicians were just as eager to step outside their box as Ounsworth was his. "It's almost like a lot of musicians could potentially take New Orleans for granted, in terms of how much talent there is there," he says. "I'm not one of them." The resulting album, 'Mo Beauty,' will be available on Anti- Records beginning October 20th.